What happens in Last Vegas doesn't say in Las Vegas

Gary Wolcott, atomictown.comOctober 31, 2013 

Film Review Last Vegas

This image released by CBS Films shows, from left, Kevin Kline, Morgan Freeman, Robert De Niro and Michael Douglas in a scene from "Last Vegas." (AP Photo/CBS Films, Chuck Zlotnick)


Last Vegas casts -- in alphabetical order -- Robert De Niro, Michael Douglas, Morgan Freeman and Kevin Kline as lifelong friends connecting in Las Vegas for a wedding.

They play Paddy, Billy, Archie and Sam. Douglas' Billy is getting married for the first time to someone half his age. De Niro's Paddy is a widower angry with Billy for not coming to his wife's funeral. Freeman's Archie has health issues, and his life is being micromanaged by his son. Kline's Sam is bored with senior life and has permission from his wife to fool around while in Vegas because what happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas.

When they arrive, the four connect with a lounge singer done nicely by Mary Steenburgen.

Last Vegas is a good old-guy-buddy movie. Done in the vein of Grumpy Old Men and others of its ilk, director Jon Turteltaub (the National Treasure movies) and screenwriter Dan Fogelman (the two Cars flicks) have a blast doing wonderful growing older and end of life sight gags, jokes and classy one-liners. The film also features profound and touching bits on the injustice of growing old.

It doesn't hurt to have four of the world's best actors and a superb actress delivering the lines. Between the five stars, they have a couple of hundred years of acting experience and all brilliantly mix comedy timing with outstanding dramatic skills.

Even more fortunately, what happens in Last Vegas doesn't stay in Las Vegas.

Director: Jon Turteltaub

Stars: Robert De Niro, Michael Douglas, Morgan Freeman, Kevin Kline, Mary Steenburgen

Mr. Movie rating: 4 stars

Rated PG-13 for mature themes. It's playing at Regal's Columbia Center 8, the Fairchild Cinemas 12 and at Walla Walla Grand Cinemas.

5 stars to 4 1/2 stars: Must see on the big screen

4 stars to 3 1/2 stars: Good film, see it if it's your type of movie.

3 stars to 2 1/2 stars: Wait until it comes out on DVD.

2 stars to 1 star: Don't bother.

0 stars: Speaks for itself.

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